Money Saving Tips: “Use-By” vs “Sell-By” vs “Best if Used By”
We’ve all seen “sell-by”, “use-by”, and “best if used by” on all of the food products you buy from the supermarket.
But what’s the difference between each one?
Here’s how the USDA defines them:
- A “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires
- A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.
- A “Best if Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
I just got some hummus at the store that was half off because I bought it on the “Sell-By” date.
It tasted great and I just ate it before the “Use-By” date.
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